The decision to remove a tooth or teeth is based on a combination of the condition of the tooth, your dentist’s recommendation, and your needs. There are several indications for removal of teeth including the following:
- Severe tooth decay that cannot be filled.
- Fracture of the tooth that cannot be filled or have root canal.
- Abscessed tooth that is painful and cannot or will not be restored.
- Gum disease resulting in serious loss of supporting bone.
- Baby teeth that are abscessed or over retained (kept too long).
- Relieve crowding (make room to facilitate braces).
- Poorly positioned teeth in the dental arch posing a hygiene problem.
- Inadequate number of teeth to sustain chewing, leading the need for dentures.
You have several anesthetic options when undergoing dentoalveolar surgery:
- Local anesthesia
- Nitrous oxide sedation (laughing gas)
- Intravenous sedation/General anesthesia